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An integrative approach to developing an intercultural awareness strategy in a multicultural university

An integrative approach to developing an intercultural awareness strategy in a multicultural university

Higson, Helen E. and Liu, Kai (2010) An integrative approach to developing an intercultural awareness strategy in a multicultural university. International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations, 10 (3). pp. 219-230. ISSN 1447-9532 (Print), 1447-9583 (Online)

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Abstract

Universities are increasingly diverse places; in terms of staff and students, their nationality, ethnicity and religious backgrounds. HEIs need to find ways of ensuring that this diversity adds to the life of the institution and to the development of graduates as employees in a global workplace. The paper offers a case study of one way of developing an intercultural strategy at a UK university. The university concerned has a highly multicultural and multinational staff and student population. Over many years the university has worked to celebrate and embed this diversity into the culture and values of the institution; in its learning, teaching, business operations and relationships. The university wished to develop its intercultural awareness strategy in an inspirational and vibrant way, one which was informed by research and practice.
The paper proposes a new integrative approach to developing an intercultural strategy, and summarises some reflections on the process of creating the intercultural awareness strategy which may be of use to other institutions. Analysis showed that in order to make the strategy effective there had to be commitment from senior management to match innovative practices at an individual level. It is also clear that such a strategy must include formal policies and procedures, as well as more informal channels to allow people to express intercultural differences and shared values. The critical role of middle management in strategy implementation is also discussed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: HEIs, intercultural competence, strategy implementation, middle management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business > Department of International Business & Economics
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URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/9598

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